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Friday, July 29, 2016

Paper Scrapbooking: Layouts

We all want each of our scrapbooking layouts to look ‘just right.’ Yet, sometimes when we look back, we realize what was a current trend, now looks outdated. There’s something alluring about creating a scrapbooking layout that will still look ‘just right’ years from now. But how does one go about making a timeless look on our scrapbooking layouts? The answer is classic design elements. Using classic color palettes, typography, design, patterns and structure, you will give your scrapbooking layouts that timeless appeal.



When choosing a timeless color palette for your next scrapbooking layout, use two primary colors (red, yellow, or blue) and one secondary color (green, orange, or purple). Going with core colors helps keep away the trendy color combinations. Use patterned papers with those basic core colors and a small, subtle pattern. If you need another color, considering including a neutral such as white, cream, gray, black, or kraft.

When it’s time for journaling or making a title, look for a time-honored typeface. Alphabets come in all colors and sizes, as stickers, rub-ons, stamps, and more. Purchase the classics, they will match almost any theme and the scrapbooking layout will always be easy to read. If you want a little extra something, try an alphabet that mimics handwriting. This can add a decorative element, but still keep things looking traditional.

Clean and linear design keeps things looking beautiful. Use strips of patterned paper to guide a viewer’s eye through the scrapbooking layout design. Keep margins all the same size to keep the scrapbooking layout balanced. Use solid colored paper to matte photos and draw attention to the photos while keeping the scrapbooking layout looking harmonious.

Dots, stripes, plaid, floral, argyle, and basic geometric patterns are some examples of ageless patterns. A timeless pattern is one that reappears year after year in many design areas from home décor to clothing lines. Choose patterns that aren't connected to a specific era to keep scrapbooking layouts from becoming outdated.

Using basic rules of design is another way to keep scrapbooking layouts looking fresh. Keep size and proportion in mind when arranging elements on the scrapbooking layouts. Structure elements and photos in an equally weighted fashion, this will help the scrapbooking layout feel balanced.

Scrapbooking is an ageless and time-honored hobby. So why not make your scrapbooking layouts ageless and time-honored too by trying a traditional, classic, clean look? Once you do you’ll be ready to enjoy how ‘just right’ it looks today, tomorrow, and in 20 years!

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